BDAG Training Classes

Classes are currently held on Thursday nights of school terms at the Royal Geelong Showgrounds, Vic Australia.

Starting Dates: Second Thursday of each school term (unless otherwise notified), and continuing for 8 weeks.

Session 1: 6.00pm – 6.45pm

Session 2: 7.00pm – 7.45pm
Session 3: 8.00pm – 8.45pm

How classes are structured

  • The class size is generally restricted to 8 or fewer dogs to allow for more effective training.
  • Classes include general instruction and exercises/activities sessions to show and learn new skills or address existing challenges or problems.
  • Time should be set aside over the course of the week to practice existing and new skills at home.
  • Homework exercises are encouraged for maximum benefits and progress.
  • Dogs and their handlers will move on to the next level once they are competent at the exercises listed for each level at the end of a term.
  • New Member intake each term starts with Orientation Night on the first Thursday of the term.  Orientation Night is compulsory.

Classes offered

Classes currently offered at BDAG are shown in the tables below in two groups – primary classes and advanced classes.  Prerequisites for attending various levels of training are listed.

Note that class offerings can change from time to time depending on member interest and instructor availability.

[1] Under review

Class progression

People joining BDAG begin in the introduction class and progress towards their desired level once competencies at each prerequisite level are achieved.

In order to participate in the higher level classes – for example, agility, tricks, scenting – you must complete the following levels of training:

  • introduction (new members) – usually takes 1 term, then
  • foundation beginners – usually takes 1 term, then
  • foundation intermediate – often takes 2 terms, then
  • foundation advanced – often takes 2 terms, then
  • pass your assessment for the award of Geelong Canine Citizen

It is possible to complete each of the foundation levels in one term – if you do all the homework and practice training exercises with your dog most days.  However, it is far more important for you and your dog to progress at your own pace (with homework) than to aspire to a speedy rate of progress through the levels.

Once Foundation training is completed, the handler-dog team is able to enroll in the assessment for the Geelong Canine Citizen Award.   Achievement of this award allows the team to participate in the advanced classes.

If you are an existing member and have further questions about class allocation and progression contact us at or

If you are not yet a member and have questions about classes that are not answered on this website and in the FAQ section, please contact us at